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Installing Oracle JDK on Windows subsystem for Linux

When trying to use the Linux version of Oracle’s JDK on the latest Windows 10 build having support for bash, I am running into a problem with the prompt hanging whenever attempting to invoke the java binary.

Typing even something as simple as java -version hangs and I have to terminate the process to resume control.

Anyone got this working yet?



I wanted to clarify that as of 9 December 2016, you most certainly can install Java 8 on Ubuntu Bash for Windows 10 and that @Karl Horton is correct.

You will need to install unzip sudo apt-get install unzip

Copy this script somewhere in your bash for windows session and make it executable (chmod +x filename). If you do not use a command line based editor such as vim then you will have windows line endings to deal with. you can use dos2unix or your preferred way of dealing with that. I just paste it into a file using vim.


set -ex

export JDK_URL=

# Download Oracle Java 8 accepting the license
wget --no-cookies --header "Cookie: oraclelicense=accept-securebackup-cookie" 
# Extract the archive
tar -xzvf jdk-*.tar.gz
# clean up the tar
rm -fr jdk-*.tar.gz
# mk the jvm dir
sudo mkdir -p /usr/lib/jvm
# move the server jre
sudo mv jdk1.8* /usr/lib/jvm/oracle_jdk8

# install unlimited strength policy
wget --no-cookies --header "Cookie: oraclelicense=accept-securebackup-cookie" 
mv UnlimitedJCEPolicyJDK8/local_policy.jar /usr/lib/jvm/oracle_jdk8/jre/lib/security/
mv UnlimitedJCEPolicyJDK8/US_export_policy.jar /usr/lib/jvm/oracle_jdk8/jre/lib/security/

sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/java java /usr/lib/jvm/oracle_jdk8/jre/bin/java 2000
sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/javac javac /usr/lib/jvm/oracle_jdk8/bin/javac 2000

sudo echo "export J2SDKDIR=/usr/lib/jvm/oracle_jdk8
export J2REDIR=/usr/lib/jvm/oracle_jdk8/jre
export PATH=$PATH:/usr/lib/jvm/oracle_jdk8/bin:/usr/lib/jvm/oracle_jdk8/db/bin:/usr/lib/jvm/oracle_jdk8/jre/bin
export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/oracle_jdk8
export DERBY_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/oracle_jdk8/db" | sudo tee -a /etc/profile.d/

And now I can do the following

fieldju@DESKTOP-LTL6MIC:~$ java -version
java version "1.8.0_112"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_112-b15)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.112-b15, mixed mode)                                                

The links and versions in the above script are likely to be out of date by the time you read this, so just head over to accept the license so that their js lets you copy the new URLs and you should be good to go.